Although an expensive city, Muscat has some splendid hotels that, despite belonging to chains, offer a distinctly Arabian experience with coffee and dates in reception, a beach-side location and a penchant for marble, Persian carpets and frankincense. They offer good-value discounts between March and November. Alternatively, budget hotels in Mutrah are within walking distance of the capital’s main cultural attractions. Taxes, wi-fi and breakfast are generally included in the rate.